WOKING v YORK CITY
3pm on Saturday 11 October 2008
(NB England v Kazakhstan being shown in the Cardinals? Bar afterwards.)
In their first return encounter of the season, the Cards will be seeking to avenge a 2-0 defeat up at Kit Kat Crescent a month ago, Phil Gilchrist?s first game in temporary charge. Since then the Cards have won three and drawn one of their home games and won one and lost one away from home. York meanwhile have drawn two games at home and lost three and drawn one away. The Minstermen have now slipped to 17th place in the table, only two points and two places above the Cards.
It was disappointing on Tuesday night to get only a point at home to a Weymouth side who didn?t pose much of a threat themselves. The Cards? usual problem was a lack of creativity and firepower in front of goal: not helped by the last-minute withdrawal of Wilfried Domoraud, who has looked our most potent attacking force. At the back the Cards? defence, which had kept three clean sheets in a row, slipped up once to allow the Terras to take the lead.
Woking fans will be hoping Wilfried is fit to play since we certainly missed his physical presence up front and his ability to hold the ball up. At the back Colin Miles should be fit again and will presumably come back into the side in place of Danny Bunce on the left side of a back four of Konan, Lorraine, Hutchinson and Miles.
Abdou El Kholti and Paolo Vernazza will be missing once more.
In the summer City brought in: Steven Hogg (Gretna), Niall Henderson (Raith), Ben Wilkinson (Hull), Daniel McBreen (Scunthorpe), Mark Greaves (Burton) and Michael Ingham (Hereford). McBreen is a powerful 6?1? striker from St Johnstone who played against Rangers in the Scottish Cup semi-final. Greaves was released by Burton but is a highly experienced central defender whom Colin Walker, City?s manager, has made captain. Subsequently the Minstermen captured Simon Russell, a winger from Kidderminster. Peter Holmes, a midfielder from Rotherham, joined on a month?s loan in mid-September, but is now injured.
The Cards will be relieved that two players who have tormented them in previous encounters will be missing on Saturday: Martyn Woolford, who joined Scunthorpe United, and Onome Sodje, who is injured. Richard Brodie, who managed to get himself sent off on Tuesday evening after seven minutes as a substitute, will also be absent.
York?s last match saw them lose 3-1 to a Dean Saunders-inspired Wrexham. York, apparently, created plenty of chances but Craig Farrell missed a penalty to add to the self-inflicted damage of Brodie?s red card.
Our performance at home last season against York was one of the worst of the campaign as we succumbed all too easily to a 3-0 pasting. The away game, Colin Lippiatt?s first in temporary charge after Frank Gray?s departure, saw City reduced to eight men by the end, with the Cards winning 3-2 thanks to two Giuseppe Sole penalties.
At Kit Kat Crescent a month ago, visiting a then unbeaten York side, a Cards team low on confidence fell behind to a McBreen strike in the first half and then sealed their fate with a Bunce own goal after half-time. But the subsequent fight-back gave hope ? fulfilled in the 3-1 defeat of Grays Athletic in the next fixture.
04/05: Woking 1 York City 0 (Canham)
York City 0 Woking 2 (Richards 2)
05/06: York City 2 Woking 1 (Richards)
Woking 2 York City 0 (Richards, Ferguson)
06/07: Woking 1 York City 2 (Nurse)
York City 0 Woking 1 (Taylor)
07/08: Woking 0 York City 3
York City 2 Woking 3 (Norville, Sole (2 pens))
08/09: York City 2 Woking 0
NEW WOKING FC SHARES SCHEME ? MATCHDAY PROGRAMME
James Aughterson, Finance Director, will be explaining in this Saturday?s matchday programme how the new Woking FC shares scheme will work.
In his article James explains:
* the Board?s overall approach to the Club?s finances following Chris Ingram?s confirmation of his decision to cease funding the Club
* Chris?s intentions regarding the proposed ground redevelopment
* the principles behind the new share scheme
* how it will affect existing shareholders in the Holdings company
* how fans will be able to purchase shares in the Football Club and what they will cost.
Saturday?s matchday programme also includes:
* a profile of Wilfried Domoraud
* Phil Gilchrist and David Taylor on Tuesday night?s game against Weymouth
* the latest instalment of Neil Bennett?s reminiscences of the exhilarating 1996-97 season
* Greg Lewry on the local football scene
* Adam Webb in the ?fanfare? chair
* the two ?off the bar? lads on ?when is a goal a goal?? and other matters of great moment
* Part Two of Rachel Formby?s nailbiting KC and the Mascot Grand National
plus all the usual reports, previews and brilliant photos from David Holmes and Lewis Hulatt.
Make sure you get your copy! Only ?2.50.
ENGLAND v KAZAKHSTAN
This game will be shown live in the Cardinals? Bar after Saturday?s game, kick-off at 5.15pm. Special offers on draught Fosters, Guiness, London Pride and ? best of all ? Cardinal?s Own.
Come on, you Cards!